Florida offers funding for weather stations, water improvements

01/29/2013 12:51:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

weather stationCourtesy University of Central FloridaThe Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will help cost-share weather stations if you farm in the Southwest Florida Water Management District.The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has cost-share funding for growers who farm within the 16 counties of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

One program—MiniFARMS—would help growers who farm 100 acres or less implement water-saving or water-quality improvement techniques. They could receive up to 75 percent reimbursement up to a maximum of $5,000.

Among the technologies that qualify are soil moisture probes, tensiometers, weather stations, groundwater irrigation controls, surface water irrigation pumps and controls, water quality tests, permanent fertigation facilities, and other approved water quality or water conservation projects.

The other program would help growers already enrolled in the state's Best Management Practices, or BMPs, program purchase on-site weather stations and temperature sensors.

Producers who farm less than 300 acres could apply for one station and up to five temeprature sensors.

Producers with larger operations could apply for one station and up to five temperature sensors for each 300 acres they farm.

FDACS will provide 75 percent cost-share up to a maximum of $25,000 per producer. The cost-share limit on each station-sensor set is $5,000.

For more information, contact Jessica McCoy Stempion, FDACS, at (813) 985-7481, ext. 2125, or jessicalea.stempion@freshfromflorida.com.



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